• Blue Bee Brewery - There have been a few big changes at the brewery over the last couple of months. We have been asked plenty of probing questions but I can confirm that myself (Josh) and my partner Louise have taken over the brewery in order to secure its’ future. Unfortunately as I assume many of you are aware […]
  • On the Edge - On the Edge Nano Brewery hold their semi-regular 9-pin event this month on Friday the 5th May which sees the last 9 different beers they have brewed showcased with a pin of each on sale. A pin is a small cask that holds 35 pints. As well as beer there is pie & peas, music, […]
  • Raw Steel V3.1 Steel City Brewing - Steel City haven’t brewed at ‘home’ since January – being temporarily homeless has that effect! However, Dave has been busy with collaborations near and far. After the Neepsend passionfruit pale ale The Passion of St Tibulus, and the two sours at Lost Industry (Golden Sour in A Moscow City Hotel Room and Peach Melba Sour), […]
  • Sheffield Seven Hills 2017 Sheffield Brewery Company - Here’s a little story for you: last November, we had a mobile bottling company travel from the highland reaches of Scotland, fully loaded with a bottling rig on the back of an articulated lorry, to package three of our beers, one of which should have been our award winning Sheffield Porter. The only problem was […]
  • Hopjacked Columbus Hopjacker Brewery - The latest special in the ‘Hopjacked’ series of single hopped pale ales features Columbus hops, which should give it something of a sherbert nose and peppery finish. It weighs in at a reasonable sensible strength of 4.8% ABV and as with all Hopjacker beers is unfined and therefore suitable for Vegans. Another new beer brewed […]


Below is a guide to beer events in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the next month or two. Whilst we believe the information is correct at time of going to press, we advise checking direct with the venue/organisers before making any special journeys.Latest listings of CAMRA organised beer festivals can be found at www.camra.org.uk and a guide to commercial festivals and pub events can be found online at www.aletalk.co.uk.


CADS @ Abbeydale Picture House

Thu 27 – Sun 30 Apr

More than just a beer festival and in an iconic old building with free admisson! Things kick off Thursday with ‘Think as you Drink’ – films and talks brought to you buy the festival of debate, Friday there is live music With Do$ch, Saturday more live music plus food, board games, art sale and a bottled beer tasting then finally Sunday afternoon there is a Vintage Market brought to you by the Antiques Quarter traders.


Thu 27 – Sun 30 Apr

The regular St George’s beer festival at the Mallard, the Worksop station pub, which sees a load of extra guest beers in the cellar bar plus ciders, fruit wines and snacks.

Elsecar Heritage railway (Barnsley CAMRA)

Fri 28 Apr – Mon 1 May

Barnsley CAMRA are back for their 6th year with a beer and cider tent, music stage and food stalls in the railway yard over the bank holiday weekend. Entry to the festival is free (you just need to pay a deposit on a glass on arrival) and it is open from 11am to 10pm Friday to Sunday and 11am to 7pm on the Monday. The railway will be operating train rides during the daytime, buy a ticket from the shop on the station platform in the normal way. The heritage railway is about a 10 minute walk from Northern Rail’s Elsecar station, on the Sheffield-Barnsley-Leeds line. For more about this festival see www.barnsleycamra.org.uk.

University of Sheffield Student Union Beer & Cider Festival

Fri 28 – Sun 30 Apr

Over 100 real ales on the festival stillage in the Raynor Lounge plus beers in the Interval Cafe Bar and Bar One as normal along with a cider tent and music tent in the Union Gardens – plus craft keg beers, pop up artisan gin bar and food. Friday is open 2pm to midnight and is pie day, Saturday is open from 2pm and is BBQ day, Sunday is Cider & Pig day from midday with a replenished cider tent remaining open to wash down that hog roast! Entry is free, you need to buy beer/cider tokens on arrival. Access via Bar One on Glossop Road or via Interval on Western Bank, both near University tram stop.

Hill Top Sports & Social Club (Dronfield)

Fri 28 – Sun 30 Apr

The club’s annual bank holiday beer festival where non-members are welcomed in to try an extended range of beer and cider and enjoy the club’s entertainment. Details TBC.



  • CAMRA branch Website of the year award - Andy Cullen, our Beer Matters and website editor, collected an award for CAMRA branch website of the year whilst at the national AGM & Members Weekend in Bournemouth. Special thanks go to Robin Lunnon who built and maintains our website (as well as doing all the design for Beer Matters and our festival publicity) along […]
  • IMG_5161 District Pub of the Year 2017 – the Anglers Rest, Bamford - The Anglers Rest The Anglers Rest in Bamford is a special place. In October 2013 after a long, hard fought campaign, it was purchased collectively by over 300 people and became the first community owned pub in the High Peak. In late 2012, The Bamford Community Society, a community benefit society, was formed in order […]
  • Old Queens Head POTM Apr17 April Pub of the Month presentation - the 11th April saw a number of CAMRA members head to the Old Queens Head in Sheffield City Centre to celebrate the Pub of the Month award and see Sheffield CAMRA Social Secretary Patrick Johnson present the certificate to licencees Michael Latal and Zuzana Barincova. Real Ales were reduced to the bargain price of £2.50 […]
  • Pub of the Year 2017 - Our Pub of the Year competition each year celebrates our area’s best pubs for drinking real ale that embraces CAMRA’s consumer values. The winning pubs are selected in a two stage process. We start with all the pubs that have either won a Pub of the Month award over the last year or are listed […]
  • Exterior of pub late evening. National Pub Design Awards 2016 - Conservation Winner – Scottish Stores, London The Scottish Stores, a Grade II listed building, was designed by architects Wylson and Long in 1900-1. This much-loved urban landmark was brought back to life in 2015 when its three distinct bars were impressively conserved. The Jacobethan-styled woodwork in the server has been sympathetically restored, as have the […]


  • The Micropub revolution - Back in 2005 Martyn Hillier opened the Butchers Arms in a former butchers shop in Herne, Kent and came along to the CAMRA AGM the following year as a guest speaker to talk about the concept. Now 12 years later there are about 300 micropubs across the UK that are members of the Micropub Association […]
  • Closed and derelict pubs - Across Sheffield there are dozens, probably hundreds, of locations which at one stage in their lives were pubs. Many of these relics play a part in the fabric of what has evolved from their change of use. However, there remain many examples of dead pubs which are closed: boarded-up or, possibly, derelict. We asked in […]
  • The pubs of Millhouses - Millhouses is an area of Sheffield off the radar to many real ale drinkers, yet there are a number of pubs serving good beer all within an easy wander of one another and there are plenty of buses running out there! The Millhouses address: 951 Abbeydale Road, S7 2QD buses: 97,98,218 located on the main […]
  • ACV and Planning Permission Update - In late March, following the passing of an amendment in the House of Lords, Parliament agreed an amendment to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill which removes permitted development (PD) rights for the change of use or demolition of pubs. The Government is supporting a measure to close a planning loophole in England which has allowed pubs […]
  • rutty110317 Rutland Arms, Sheffield Centre - The Rutland Arms pub business is now under new ownership! The lease has moved from Reet Ale Pubs to a company owned by Chris Bamford and Kate Major, who previously managed Shakespeare’s and the Three Tuns respectively. All the same staff are working at the pub, both on the bar and in the kitchen – […]

Inn Brief

  • Inn Brief

    The Old Queens Head on Pond Hill (which won our April Pub of the Month) now has a guest ale pump, enabling them to alternate the Thwaites seasonals with interesting local beers.

    Brew Foundation is looking at converting the unit on Ecclesall Road that was previously Eccy Booze off licence into a micropub and craft beer bottle shop.

    Reet Ale Pubs has ceased trading, leading to the closure of the Three Tuns (Sheffield City Centre), Closed Shop (Commonside) and Punchbowl (Crookes). All three were pub company leases and are expected to reopen under new management as soon as possible. We understand the Tuns’ Wednesday quiz has temporarily relocated to the Dog & Partridge. The end of Reet Ale Pubs does not effect the Rutland Arms or Blue Bee Brewery, both had previously changed hands.

    By the time this appears in print, the Gardeners Rest at Neepsend will open under the new ownership of the Community Society that crowdfunded to buy it. See elsewhere in this issue for their advert!

    Not in our patch but may be of interest – you can get there on the 53/53a bus from Sheffield – is a new craft beer bar & shop on Mill Street in Clowne called Heist. You can find out more about them by visiting their website – www.heistcraft.com.

    The former Southsea pub in Broomhill has reopened as ‘The Blues Bar‘, a Jamaican bar, grill and music venue. It isn’t really a beer venue – the rum punch appears to be the way to go here – but good to see the venue trading and doing something a little different. You can find out more via their Facebook page.



  • Heritage Open Days and Sheffield Beer - As part of Heritage Open Days (HOD) 2015 and 2016, we led a Pub Heritage Walk. This will be repeated (twice) as part of HOD 2017 (7th.-10th.September). This short walk takes in some of the entries in the CAMRA ‘Yorkshire’s Real Heritage Pubs’ book. Also included are a number of ‘try also’ pubs which include […]
  • Sheffield & District CAMRA’s new committee - Our branch AGM last month saw a number of committee members stepping down – Kate Major (Chair), Tony Kennick (treasurer) and Richard Short (Secretary). All three have left the committee as a result of needing to concentrate on other things going on in their lives – in the case of Kate taking over a pub […]
  • Mildmonthlogo Mild in May - CAMRA promotes Mild throughout May. This year we are asking  pubs in the area to consider stocking at least one Mild during May for the local pub-goers to try. What is mild?  Milds are black to dark brown to pale amber in colour and come in a variety of styles from warming roasty ales to light […]
  • Price of pints to rise after U-turn on tax - Drinkers have been let down by the Chancellor’s decision to increase beer and cider duty in today’s Budget – which will see the price of their pints rise. The announced two penny a pint increase in beer duty is the first rise in five years. It marks a U-turn by the Chancellor as he risks […]
  • DSC_0095 (1) Carbrook Hall - Earlier this year Punch taverns sold the Carbrook Hall and it closed on the Monday 20 February.  It did not close because it wasn’t making money. It closed because it wasn’t making enough for Punch Taverns. The Carbrook Hall was a thriving pub. Not all the time, not everyday, and it wasn’t to all tastes […]